I would posit that a "Stalking Rifle" is relatively compact and light as practical allowing one to "Stalk with the least encumberance possible. Here I see pictures of everything from what I would describe as a heavy barrrel varmint rifle to those that look more appropriate to the benchrest game called "Stalking Rifles". Come now DSR and AI sniper rifles, custom heavy barrel creations in heavy miklitary grade fiberglass stocks etc. are hardly hunter tools, toys but not tools. With that in mind I believe the following would decribe a REAL stalking rifle for deer. Remington's LTR is a good example of what I believe consists a good factory Stalking Rifle.
Action: Bolt or single-shot
Barrel: medium taper (No. 3 or 4), 18 to 24 inches long
Stock: Basic semi-pistol grip, no awkward thumb holes, butt hooks etc. (I personally find the AI stock to have about the most uncomfortable grip I have ever held, because it is uncomfortable it is very hard to attain the same hold everytime you pick it up)
Iron Sights: Not really required, no one here is likely a subsistance hunter and our lives don't depend on back-up sights for the scope.
Optic: Good quality scope in a range of 4 to 10X. Sure, Roe are small but they ain't that damn small. If you are using your scope to evaluate game you are wrong, use your spotting scope.
Caliber: 308/7.62 NATO, should be no point for discussion here.
Weight: No more than 10lbs loaded with sling and scope
Overall length: Less than 43inches unless you are a really tall person and need a longer stock.
Now the above is just my opinion, what says you?